Saved: 1,053 Acres at Seven Civil War Battlefields
Thanks to generous supporters like you, more than one thousand acres of hallowed ground across seven Civil War battlefields are forever protected from development! Most of these tracts — which span Arkansas, Maryland, Mississippi and Virginia — are adjacent to previously preserved ground, meaning that acre by hallowed acre we are expanding outdoor spaces to honor and learn about American history.
It’s not every day that we can save so much hallowed ground in one fell swoop. The incredible generosity of our members is what allows us to work at this scope to leave a remarkable legacy for future generations of Americans. We also owe a debt of gratitude to our friends at the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, who gave $30,000 toward protecting the tract at Cedar Creek, one of the most important battles of the entire Civil War.
In honoring our nation’s past, we help protect its future, ensuring that men and women for generations to come can learn from some of the best outdoor classrooms in the world.
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From the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign in Virginia and Maryland, to the Corinth and Vicksburg campaigns in Mississippi, to the Red River Campaign in Arkansas, this land represents a significant cross-section of the major military movements of the war. Together these tracts — at Brice’s Cross Roads, Cedar Creek, Champion Hill, Corinth, Monocacy, Prairie D’Ane and Second Deep Bottom — were the sites of more than 32,000 American casualties.
See how all these campaigns and battles fit together in our Animated Map of the Civil War.
Watch a video about the bold campaign that helped launch Ulysses S. Grant to eventual command of all Union forces.
Learn about the political context for the fighting in 1864 in under four minutes.
Find out why the Western Theater of the Civil War was so important to the outcome of the war.